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Peters takes on Top of the Pops
Andi Peters
Andi Peters presenting the show in 1994
Former children's TV presenter Andi Peters is returning to the BBC to take charge of Top of the Pops and other shows.

Mr Peters is taking up a new role, executive editor - popular music, which puts him in charge of the flagship pop show, as well as developing and managing shows aimed at the youth audience.

He began his career as a presenter in the "broom cupboard" linking children's programmes alongside puppet Edd The Duck in the early 1990s, before moving behind the camera.

"I'm delighted to be returning to the place where I produced my first programme," he said.

"The skills I developed there have stood me in good stead throughout my career and after an eight year gap from the BBC I'm looking forward to working with the new talent at the corporation."

He went onto present Saturday morning show Live & Kicking, and pop magazine The Ozone, which saw him move into production roles.

In 1996 he moved to LWT to produce Spice Girls and Boyzone specials, before joining Channel 4 in 1998 where he developed the T4 youth programming strand.


More recently, he presented ITV1's shortlived entertainment news show Celebrity!, and he will continue to front a weekly show on commercial radio stations including Capital FM and BRMB in Birmingham.

Wayne Garvie, the head of the BBC's entertainment group, said: "Andi has a proven track record in developing new programming for the teenage market.

"From the Ozone to T4, no-one's got a better record of creating innovative and successful programmes for the young. We're delighted he's coming back home."

Mr Peters will replace Chris Cowey, Top of the Pops' current executive producer, who is leaving the corporation. He is widely credited from saving the show from the axe when he took over six years ago.

Syndicated versions of the show, which made its debut on New Year's Day 1964, are now broadcast across the world, while the UK original is shown in 112 countries.

Mr Cowey said: "I've had the most amazing six years of my career at the BBC.

"It's time however to move onward and upwards. I wish Andi Peters the very best and he will, I'm sure, bring a refreshing change of style, which a long-running series like this needs.

"See you at the 40th anniversary party!"

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